Volunteers celebrate 20 years of cleaning Pratt Dam

Volunteers celebrate 20 years of cleaning Pratt Dam

Spectators on the bike path watch from the bridge over the Pratt Dam as volunteers from The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone, pull debris away from the tubes of the dam on June 27. It was the 20th annual cleanup of the Blackstone River in the vicinity of the Pratt Dam and they cleared debris from the tubes to prevent future flooding upstream. (Breeze photos by Robert Emerson)

CUMBERLAND – Dedicated volunteer groups with years of experience cleaning the Pratt Dam were back at it again on Saturday, June 27, celebrating their 20th year on the job with another annual cleaning.

The groups responsible for the work are the Friends of the Blackstone, The Blackstone River Watershed Council and the Valley Boys.

The work is done with skilled volunteer labor and the support of Navigant Credit Union and Hope Global. Once again, volunteers reported no injuries from cleaning out the trees and debris.

Patrick Burns, left, and Keith Hainley support Dan Marsland as he uses a chain saw to cut through debris blocking the tubes of the Pratt Dam during the annual cleanup of the dam on June 27.
Volunteers from The Blackstone River Watershed Council, Friends of the Blackstone, pull debris away from the tubes of the Pratt Dam last Saturday morning.